Best Nature Walks in Toronto
Toronto is a lush city brimming with parks and green spaces. Some of the best free Toronto walking tours can be enjoyed in natural settings ranging from our Lake Ontario shoreline to our extensive ravine system. At Guided Toronto, our exploration of the city doesn’t stop where the pavement ends. We’ve found several oases right at our doorsteps, boasting a mix of dense forests, outstanding vistas, and thriving wildlife. Toronto is known as “A City Within a Park,” and these spots are some of the best reasons why:
High Park is the city’s largest public park
High Park, Toronto
High Park is the city’s largest public park and a definite must-see in Toronto. Visitors are drawn by its beautiful gardens and numerous hiking trails that highlight a diverse array of wildlife and vegetation, including the original oak savanna that once characterized much of the local landscape. The park’s facilities include eateries, sports fields, playgrounds, a dog park, and even a petting zoo – home to bison, llamas, a peacock, and other furry friends. Special events are held at various times throughout the year, including art workshops and interpretive ecological walks. Accessible by transit along the TTC Line 2 Bloor-Danforth, and offering free parking, High Park is a natural refuge at your fingertips.
Way to Evergreen Brick Works
Kay Gardner Beltline Trail, toronto
Running through Midtown along an abandoned railway line, the Kay Gardner Beltline Park and Trail is a gem of Toronto’s parks and ravines. One of our favourite nature walks starts at the Beltline’s Yonge Street overpass near the northwest edge of Mount Pleasant Cemetery and follows Mud Creek and the Moore Park Ravine down to Evergreen Brick Works in the Don River Valley. A former quarry and brick factory that was vital to Toronto’s development (including landmarks Massey Hall, Casa Loma, and others), the Brick Works was later transformed into a cultural, recreational, and ecological hub offering year-round events.
the most impressive and beautiful shoreline areas around all of Lake Ontario
Scarborough Bluffs Toronto
One of the most impressive and beautiful shoreline areas around all of Lake Ontario, the Scarborough Bluffs rise dramatically in the city’s East End. The Bluffs are truly a work of art, formed from deposits of fossils, boulder clay, and sand from advancing and retreating glaciers between 12,000 and 70,000 years ago. Today, the escarpment is one of Toronto’s most photographed locations and offers outstanding recreational options, including the 4.7-kilometre Scarborough Bluffs Trail along which you can stop at Bluffer’s Park Beach and take a refreshing dip in the turquoise waters. This area is best experienced in the summer months when the beach and yacht clubs are bustling with activity.